War Diary of the 18th Battalion: June 1918

Confidential War Diary of 18th CANADIAN BATTALION – 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st June to 30th June, 1918 Volume 34 With appendices as listed Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information Support Line. 4/17.a.30.40 to M.15.c.60.30 1 Maps for reference 51c S.E. 51b N.W 1/20000  51c 1/40000 Battalion in Brigade Support. Left sub-sector, NEUVILLE … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: June 1918

“He would bear himself like a soldier…” : The Service for Sergeant Swainsbury of Chatham, Ontario

An article written in a local Chatham newspaper relates the service at Christ Church in honour of two local men who were killed in action gives us insight into the attitudes of the citizens through the address of Canon Howard. The date that this event transpired was after the death in action of Private Frederick … Continue reading “He would bear himself like a soldier…” : The Service for Sergeant Swainsbury of Chatham, Ontario

“If it so happens that I am allowed to die for my country…”: The Unusual Will of Private R.H. Burgess D.C.M.

A will is a macabre document. It is a recognition by the object of the will, the living person (the testator) who is making the will out, that they will cease to exist. The will exists and enforces the conditions of the testator after they have died and invokes certain conditions at the distribution of … Continue reading “If it so happens that I am allowed to die for my country…”: The Unusual Will of Private R.H. Burgess D.C.M.

Ill Health and Finances: The Tragedy of Lieutenant Harold Van Allen Bealer

Sometime in the early spring of 1915 a young man from Pennsylvania with gainful employment with Ingersoll-Rand as a draughtsman took a trip to Philadelphia to inquire with the British Consulate on how best to pursue an engagement with the Imperial Forces so he could participate in the war. The advice led him, with four … Continue reading Ill Health and Finances: The Tragedy of Lieutenant Harold Van Allen Bealer

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1916

CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY WAR DIARY OF 18th Canadian Battalion – 2nd Canadian Division from 1st October to 31st October, 1916 Volume 14 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information SOMME 1 The night of 1st/2nd 18th Can Battalion relieved 21st Canadian Battn in line in front of Courcellette [sic]. 22nd Canadian Battalion on our … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1916